The barriers to economic opportunity and social injustices millions of individuals faced prior to COVID-19 have only been exacerbated by the impact of the pandemic. Since March 2019, millions across the nation have become unemployed and feel helpless with nowhere to turn because they do not have a way to access the jobs and companies looking for talent. The Skills jobs-first model was created to address this access gap and the barriers skilled, job ready individuals face - of no fault of their own - but because they are unemployed, live in a certain area, or have a non-traditional background. The Skills model has eliminated barriers to employment for thousands of people in Chicago and Rhode Island, resulting in employment and access to economic mobility that was previously unattainable. The Skills model is proven to create pathways for economic mobility and can do so in cities and regions nationwide. With an investment of $10 million, Skills plans to intentionally expand into marginalized communities by replicating the model in 17 sites nationally, putting an additional 10,325 low-income individuals into meaningful employment in the next five years, resulting in an estimated $235MM in new income and increased economic mobility.
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